BMAT Results Explained

Find out everything you need to know about your BMAT results, including a breakdown of what your score means and how universities use it in your application.

Author: Rob Needleman

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The BMAT will be sat on the 18th October 2022 rather than the usual first week of November. The test has also changed to pen and paper.

We know that preparing and taking the BMAT is stressful, as is waiting for your results. But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. 

Up until now, it’s likely most of your exams have been scored as a percentage, with the aim of getting as close to 100% as possible. However, BMAT scoring is slightly different. There is no pass or fail threshold — you simply have to do your best and you’ll be graded accordingly.

In this article, we provide everything you need to know about getting your BMAT results and how different universities use your score to determine your Interview acceptance.

When are BMAT results released?

The release date of your BMAT results depends on when you completed the test, though it will always be a few weeks after. For example, results from the BMAT – November 2021 session will be released on 26 November 2021. 

How do you see your BMAT results?

You’re able to see your BMAT results when they are ready by accessing the Metritests System through Cambridge Assessment. Log in using the details you registered with and find out how well you did. Most universities will receive your results automatically, so you don’t need to worry about providing them.

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What does the BMAT score mean?

The BMAT score looks different to your GCSE exam results. There are three sections within the test, with section 1 and 2 marked on a scale of 1 (low) to 9 (high). Although the score goes up to 9, fewer than 1% of candidates receive this. Most score between 4.3 and 4.7 for sections 1 and 2 respectively. Every question within these is awarded one mark for each correct answer, before being added up and correlated into a BMAT score for both sections. For example, you might get a 4.4 and 4.8. There are no negative markings, so you won’t lose any marks for choosing an incorrect answer.

Section 3 differs from the previous two, as it is scored on Quality of Content, which ranges from 0 (low) to 5 (high), and Quality of English on a scale of A (high) to C to E (low). So, for example, you might receive a 4A on this section. At minimum, an A grade is required for Quality of English considering over 70% of candidates achieve this. 

However, growing competition for places at medical school means that the parameters for what constitutes a good score this year might look different the following year. This isn’t anything to worry about, but it’s worth bearing in mind when you compare past BMAT results to yours. An acceptable score may also vary from university to university.

If, after receiving your BMAT results, you feel it’s been unfairly marked, you can request a remarking at a charge of £33. In general, the BMAT is a very difficult test to score highly on, as it intends to identify the highest-performing candidates to attend the best calibre of university courses.

How do universities use the BMAT score?

There are eight universities that use the BMAT score to support medical course applications. However, not every institution is the same. Some emphasise a specific section score, and others use it in conjunction with your application. Not every university reveals its process either, so a good score is essential to boost your chances of being invited to Interview regardless of where you’re applying to.

Previous results explained

2018 BMAT Results 

Section 1 

The mean score for section 1 is around 4.0 most years — roughly 17% of candidates scored this, while 15% scored 4.5. Compared to the BMAT 2017 results, the mean score was around 4.5 – 4.7. Only 11% of candidates achieved a 5.0 or higher, while just 6.5% of exceptional students scored 6.0 or above. This is in comparison to 15% of applicants receiving higher than 6.0 in 2017, proving 2018’s difficulty.


Section 2

For section 2, around 20% of candidates scored 4.0 – 4.5, which is similar to section 2 results in 2017, where roughly 23% of students scored this. However, the percentage of students who scored 4.5 – 5.0 drops to around 14%, and rises back up to 17% for those scoring 5.0 – 5.5. This is unusual as the BMAT results graph tends to have a fairly linear, parabolic shape. Those scoring between 6.5 and 9.0 represents 6.5% of candidates, which is similar to section 1 results and falls in line with 2017 section 2 results where 7% of candidates scored 6.5 or above. As such, the similarity of section 2 roughly aligns with section 2 in 2017.


Section 3

The most common score for BMAT section 3 in 2018 was 3A. These answers were argued with reason, addressed the question entirely, developed a good counter-argument and were written with good English. A score of 5A (the highest possible score for this section) was only awarded to fewer than 2% of candidates. Both of these statements are also true for section 3 marking in 2017, so the difficulty of the questions asked and responses provided were similar.


2019 BMAT Results 

In 2019, around 58% of candidates scored between 3.5 and 5.5 in section one, and roughly 6% of candidates scored above 6. For section two, over 40% of candidates scored between 4.0 and 5.0.

In section three, more than 30% of candidates received 3.0 and just over 5% scored a 4.0 in quality of content. The top 70% received band A in Quality of English score, showing how realistic it is to score highly for this section.

2020 BMAT Results 

Section 1 

2020’s exam differed from previous years’ due to technical problems, with 80% of candidates facing issues during the test. Despite this, the average score for section 1 was around 4.5, which is similar to 2019, just slightly higher. Something interesting to note though is that the Cambridge Admissions Assessment released more granular data than before as the increments for each bar increase roughly by 0.2 – 0.3. In previous years, they have released scores with an increase of 0.5 between each bar. These changes allow candidates to see the differences in median range more clearly, which most participants would have received a score in.

  • In 2019, around ~58% of candidates scored between 3.5 and 5.5 in section 1. 
  • In 2020, this reduced marginally to ~56.5% between 3.5 and 5.5 — not a significant change.

Section 2

By comparing section 1 and 2 results, it’s clear that students found section 2 more difficult than section 1. There are only seven physics questions in section 2, however, this can make a huge difference when it comes to the scaled score. A seven mark difference in previous years from 15 to 22 would have meant a scaled score of 5.2 to 7.2 – a big difference of 2.0. 

  • In 2020, the mean score was 4.6, compared to 3.5 – 4.0 in 2019. 
  • Around 45% of candidates scored above 4.6 in 2020.

Section 3

Meanwhile, 3A was the most popular score in section 3, the same as previous years. Although most sat their exam using a computer rather than pen and paper, this seems to have had no impact on the essay section of the BMAT. Overall, a good BMAT score for 2020 looked like: 5.2, 5.1, and 3.5A.


2021 BMAT Results

Students were once again plagued with technical issues during this year’s BMAT, with 95% of candidates experiencing issues with their Admissions Test. 

Some of the issues that candidates faced were:

  • Test started late
  • Tech issues causing reduced time
  • Questions did not load properly
  • Software glitches, preventing them from continuing 
  • Invigilators taking up valuable time 

Section 1

Despite the issues that candidates were faced with, the average score for section 1 was around 4.0. Slightly below what candidates scored in 2020. A 6.0 represents a comparatively high score, with roughly 13.5% of candidates achieving above that. It is worth noting that in 2020, Cambridge Admissions Assessment released more granular data, but have reverted back to the 0.5 increments that have been used in the past. 

  • In 2020, around ~56.5% of candidates scored between 3.5 and 5.5 in section 1
  • In 2021, this has seen a significant increase with ~63% achieving a score between 3.5 and 5.5. 

Section 2

Comparing section 1 and section 2, we can see that students have done better in the former. A 4.0 was once again the average score, as it was in section 1, with 17% of candidates achieving it. We can see that candidates found section 2 hard as only 16% of candidates scored between 6.0 and 9.0.

  • The mean score of 4.0 puts 2021 below the 2020 averages again, where 4.6 was the mean score. However, as already mentioned in 2020 more granular data was provided than has been this year. 
  • An impressive 48% of candidates scored a 4.5 or above. 

Section 3

In section 3, a 3A was overwhelmingly the most popular score – as has been the case for the last few years. A staggering 75% of candidates achieved a score of A for their quality of English. As with 2020, it is clear that despite the issues candidates were faced with they have been able to score representatively. 

2021 vs 2019

For a clearer idea as to how 2021 compares to previous years, you can see the results laid over those of 2019. It is beneficial to see how those who sat the exam this year compared to those of two years ago. 

Ideally, we would like to see this comparison between 2021 and 2020, but with Cambridge Admissions Assessment presenting last year’s data different it is not possible to do so. 

Now you’ve had a chance to look through this year’s results, how did you do? Remember that comparing yourself to others will not definitively tell you if you will be invited to Interviews or not. 

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